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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 3

Welcome to Year Three 2020-21 

Lemurs class teachers

Meerkats class teacher

Ms Nash:  Teaching in class Monday & Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning.

Mrs Gray (Team Leader): Teaching in class Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday & Friday 

Mrs Gunn

Teaching Assistants supporting individual children:

Mrs Palanca, Mrs Carr and Mrs Kingston


Year 3 News (Updated 19th September 2020)


We've had a happy week in Year 3 writing haiku style poems and exploring more of our topic on Predators.  We have also continued to revise our place-value knowledge in Maths.  With the gorgeous weather, the children have enjoyed playtimes out on the field which is always fun for all.   

Please note that your child has now brought home a 'personal choice' reading book from our book corner.  They will also bring a reading record and a 'teacher choice'  reading book home next week.  Going forwards, to enable books to be quarantined, reading records need to be in school on a Friday for the teacher to look at and these will then be sent back home on Mondays.  However, your child will have opportunities to change their reading books throughout the week if needed.

Year 3 Homework (Set Friday 18th September, due Thursday 24h September)

Maths: Mathletics activities have been sent linked to our work in class.  Your child has been given a paper reminder of their Mathletics login.

Purple Mash: An activity linked to Maths and another linked to our Predators topic have also been set.  Logins have also been sent home.  

Please do not worry about printing and bringing work into school, as teachers will be able to see what your child has accessed remotely.

Staggered drop off and collection times

Below is further information about Year 3 to guide you.  Do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any queries.  To do this please arrange an appointment via the school office. You can also contact us on the Year 3 support email as well.  The address is Y3Support@barley-hill.oxon.sch.uk

Please click here for a copy of our Year 3 Topic Web outlining our learning for this half term.  As we recognise that there will be a period of readjustment required to re-settle children and potentially time also needed to re-cap learning, we will be taking a flexible approach to the learning outlined on our planned Topic Web so therefore will adjust learning outcomes as appropriate. 

 Please do get in touch with us via the the Year 3 support page if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!


 With best wishes,

 The Year 3 teaching team

Useful Year 3 Information 

Our school day

Morning drop off and Home time collection 

Please walk your child to the exterior door of either Meerkats or Lemurs classroom.  There is no need to line up on the playground as they will be greeted by their allocated adults and encouraged to enter the school and immediately wash their hands. Please be aware that it is very difficult for the teacher to have a conversation with a parent at this time as we are trying to observe social distancing whilst helping the children with their coats and bags, get their hands washed and settle children into their seats in the classroom.

Please respect social distancing and adhere to these at all times whilst waiting with or for your child.

To help support social distancing and to be as quick and calm as possible at the end of the day, we have trialled a teacher standing at an open classroom window whilst the children stay seated.  Once the teacher has engaged with the adult collecting a child we are then able to ask the child to come out to you.  We will continue with this going forwards.


Year 3 will have PE outdoors on Mondays and indoors on Fridays.  To allow more time for PE and to help avoid any social distancing concerns when it comes to helping a child to get changed, we will be asking children in Year 3 to come into school in their PE kits on a Monday and Friday from the week beginning 14th September.  Children will remain in their PE kits for the whole day. They can wear their normal school shoes to school on PE days and then change into trainers once on site so that we can keep their trainers in school for the Daily Mile.

Reading At Home: 

It is really important to read with your child as often as possible. Your child will have the opportunity to change their school reading books at least once a week - please encourage your child to do this - which allows them to read the book several times in order to gain confidence and fluency. As you are reading it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next. At the end of the book get your child to think about what they like or did not like about the book and reasons why.  

Autumn Term One

This term our topic is 'Predators'. This is a Science based topic and we will be learning about creepy crocodiles and brilliant birds of prey, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap.   We will learn about predators, prey and decomposers.  We will learn about both predator and prey adaptations, their habitats and what food chains are. We will also learn about the role of a skeleton. We will be reading 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett, 'Wolves in the Wall' by Neil Gaiman and 'Lionboy' by Zizou Corder as well as a range of non-fiction fact books about Predators.

We will also use the National Geographic website to research different predators and prey: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/facts-pictures/


Bringing items in from home and Pencil Cases 

In order to comply with the Government protective measures, there must be limited items brought from home to school daily. Your child will need to bring their coat, named water bottle, fruit snack and lunch box if a school meal is not ordered, alongside their Book Bag.

We are also asking that each child brings in a named pencil case containing the following items, as children require a personal set of stationery. Pencil cases will remain in school daily and only your child will use the equipment provided. Please print the name on the outside of the pencil case. Please ensure their pencil case is named and that it is not so big that it can't be stored in their drawer: Smiggle style hardback cases are not suitable.
• Pencils (x3 minimum)
• Rubber
• Ruler
• Sharpener
• Glue Sticks (x2)
• Child Scissors
• Colouring Pencils (full set)
• Blue Rollerball/Handwriting Pen 
• Felt Tip Pens (optional)